Saturday, March 17, 2007

Wand is featured on the Gazeta do Povo Newspaper

The "paranaenses" fighters Wanderelei Silva and Mauricio Shogun could be back in the Pride Ring, one of the biggest "vale tudo" events in the world, in the month of April. The information was released by the event's organizer, Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE). So far only three matches have been confirmed. After an edition in the United States in February, Pride 34 will take place where it was born, in Japan.

According to the founder and leader of Chute Boxe academy in Curitiba, master Rudimar Fedrigo, the negotiations with Pride and the two athletes must be finalized by the end of this week. "Saturday (17th) the president of DSE (Nobuyuki Sakakibara) will arrive in Curitiba and then we will discuss and finalize the negotiations for these fights", said Rudimar Fedrigo. Also, according to the coach, Shogun already showed interest in participating in Pride 34, and everyone at Chute Boxe want Silva to fight as well.

"We are giving Wanderlei a lot of support, but I stil don't know if he is going to fight. He took a couple of days off to rest and spend time with his family and we didn't speak about the topic yet", spoke Fedrigo. Known as "Mr. Pride", the nickname was given to him after he won and defended the middlewight title. Silva is coming from defeats in his last two fights, against Mirko "Cro Cop" and Dan Henderson which cost him the belt, which he held for the last six years. His goal is to have him step in the ring to get his prestige back and to silence all of his critics.

Pride 34 will take place on April 7th in Tokyo, Japan. Among the brazilians, fighters Zuluzinho and Ricardo Arona (eternal rival of Wanderlei) are confirmed. Among the others, confirmed by DSE are Mark Hunt, Josh Barnett, Sergey Kharitonov, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Denis Kang, Kauzyuki Fujita, Ikuhisa Minowa, Eric Butterbean, Shinya Aoki, Brian Lo-A-Njoe, Zelg Galesic, and Makoto Takimoto.


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